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Red Hen’s mike Fried­man does it again with clas­sic Ital­ian com­fort dishes at this eatery in Shaw. One of the most talked-about is the egg­plant parme­san, whose recipe comes from the chef’s mother. There’s also an as­sort­ment of piz­zas, which you can or­der for take­out, and Ital­ian del­i­ca­cies, like rain­bow cookie cake.

1250 Ninth St. NW, 202-849-6174; allpur­posedc.com


This José An­drés res­tau­rant re­cently moved from Tysons Cor­ner to Ge­orge­town. With in­spired dishes, the gourmet meal dou­bles as a jaunt through Amer­i­can his­tory. IN­SIDER TIP: Skip the lighter fare and in­dulge in An­drés’s takes on com­fort­able fa­vorites, like ver­mi­celli mac ’n’ cheese, hush pup­pies, and shrimp jam­bal­aya. Open­ing soon; amer­ica eat­stav­ern.com


plan­ning on din­ner here? You’d bet­ter get in line early... like 3:15 pm early. This Filipino res­tau­rant in Co­lum­bia Heights has lim­ited first­come, first-served seat­ing, but take it from us, the wait is worth it. Chef Tom Cu­nanan cooks soul-sat­is­fy­ing eats, such as squid adobo, and the cock­tails, like the fiery Chili manilli, are a must-try. 3226 11th St. NW, no phone; bad­saintdc.com


This miche­lin-starred farm-to-ta­ble fa­vorite in the park Hy­att ho­tel of­fers break­fast, brunch, lunch, and din­ner. It’s ever-evolv­ing sea­sonal menu cap­tures the spirit of the mid-At­lantic re­gion, with lo­cally in­spired en­trées and de­li­cious share­able sides. Seafood lovers should con­sider order­ing the whole fish—it’s a pas­sion point for chef de cui­sine Brad De­boy. 1201 24th St. NW, 202-419-6755; blue­duck­tav­ern.com


As its name sug­gests, this stately steak­house in the Four Sea­sons Ge­orge­town de­liv­ers top-notch steak and an ex­ten­sive bour­bon menu; it’s also a hub for power lunches and star-studded din­ners. You must re­mem­ber to ask for the duck-fat fries trio: They are listed only on the lounge menu, but you can get them in the din­ing room and you will not re­gret it. 2800 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202-9442026; bour­bon­steakdc.com


Cel­e­brat­ing 25 years serv­ing “up­scale Ital­ian” in Ge­orge­town, Cafe mi­lano is a mag­net for some of the city’s movers and shak­ers. It’s not at all un­com­mon to spot mem­bers of DC’s top brass (such as the Bi­dens or Nancy pelosi) en­joy­ing a lunch or off-the-clock din­ner among the in­flu­en­tial crowd of reg­u­lars and celebrity vis­i­tors. 3251 Prospect St. NW, 202-333-6183; cafemi­lano.com


Chef Amy Brandwein is home­grown tal­ent, and she has a pas­sion for au­then­tic Ital­ian cook­ing. Each dish uses lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents tied to the sea­son. The ad­join­ing Ital­ian mar­ket is an easy way to bring au­then­tic Ital­ian cui­sine into your kitchen, too. 974 Palmer Al­ley NW, 202-898-2426; cen­troli­nadc.com


Derek Brown has trans­formed a small, seated bar ex­pe­ri­ence into a full-fledged tast­ing room. The three-course cock­tail tast­ing by bar­tender Jp Fether­ston in­cludes drinks like the Su­gar­ing Sea­son, a Cana­dian rye whisky cock­tail with dry ver­mouth, fresh ap­ple juice, maple syrup, herbs, and acorn. IN­SIDER TIP: Walk-ins are wel­come, but it’s bet­ter to se­cure a spot with ad­vance on­line book­ing. 124 Blag­den Al­ley NW, 202316-9396; columbia­roomdc.com


Cedric maupil­lier’s deca­dent ba­con cheese­burger rock­eted to res­tau­rant star­dom at his über-pop­u­lar Adams mor­gan spot, mint­wood. When he crafted a new menu for this FrenchAmer­i­can bistro in Shaw, it was the one item he car­ried over. While you’re there, share a cheese plate, sip any one of the hand­crafted cock­tails, and leave room for the s’mores dessert. 801 O St. NW, 202-525-2870; con­vivialdc.com


The Dab­ney em­pha­sizes all things mid-At­lantic, with a menu that show­cases some of the re­gion’s finest farms and food pur­vey­ors. Chef Jeremiah Langhorne over­sees a staff of cooks com­mit­ted to fresh and lo­cal food, and from his perch he can see al­most ev­ery­one in the din­ing room. 122 Blag­den Al­ley NW, 202-4501015; thed­ab­ney.com


Holy mole! This res­tau­rant cap­tures the essence and fla­vors of Oax­aca and has the largest se­lec­tion of mez­cals in DC. Bar­tender me­gan Barnes will help steer you through the many pages of the drinks menu, and for din­ner there are moles rep­re­sen­ta­tive of tra­di­tional mex­i­can cui­sine. 1250 Ninth St. NW, 202-621-9695; es­pi­tadc.com


This down­stairs Ge­orge­town gem is the go-to place for Ital­ian com­fort food. The spicy shrimp ap­pe­tizer is a must, and you can’t go wrong with any of the home­made pasta dishes. For more di­rec­tion, just ask which pasta was made fresh that day (the se­lec­tion ro­tates daily). 1063 Wis­con­sin Ave. NW, 202-338-8800; filomena.com


This miche­lin-starred Ital­ian fa­vorite in penn Quar­ter makes reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances atop res­tau­rant rat­ing lists across the city, so it’s no won­der it’s the flag­ship res­tau­rant of DC power duo Fabio and maria Traboc­chi, who also own Fiola mare in Ge­orge­town, Casa Luca near mount Ver­non Square,

and the newly opened Sfoglina in Cleve­land Park. IN­SIDER TIP: The lob­ster ravi­oli is a can’t-miss. 601 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202-6282888; fi­o­ladc.com


When the Miche­lin Guide came to DC this year, it was com­mit­ted to rat­ing only restau­rants in DC proper, but an ex­cep­tion was made for this iconic Patrick O’Con­nell spot. (The ver­dict? Two stars.) With its el­e­gant, al­wayschang­ing tast­ing menu, the Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton is a rare and his­toric treat—well worth the hour-long drive into Vir­ginia, though you may just be tempted to spend the night once you see the pic­ture-per­fect rooms. 309 Mid­dle St., Wash­ing­ton, 540-6753800; thein­natlit­tle­wash­ing­ton.com


This small-plates fa­vorite has one of the best out­door pa­tios in all of Wash­ing­ton, DC. The rus­tic, Ital­ian­in­spired farm-to-ta­ble menu changes sea­son­ally, but if you ever see a ver­sion of bur­rata or ca­cio e pepe while you’re there, def­i­nitely or­der it. 1734 N St. NW, 202-524-5202; iron­gater­estau­rantdc.com


José An­drés’s vi­brant and art­fully dec­o­rated small-plates lounge has been a Penn Quar­ter fix­ture for nearly 25 years. The lomo de buey con piquil­los (grilled hanger steak with con­fit piquillo pep­pers) and ar­roz cre­moso de se­tas (creamy rice with sea­sonal mush­rooms and Idi­azábal cheese) are Capi­tol File fa­vorites. 480 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-628-7949; jaleo.com


This “mod­ernist Amer­i­can” spot is the more ca­sual of the two Mount Ver­non restau­rants owned by James Beard Award–win­ning chef Eric Ziebold (for­merly of Ci­tyZen and Per Se). Lo­cated at street level, the res­tau­rant fea­tures an à la carte menu serv­ing just over 70 seats in a his­toric Sev­enth Street build­ing. The Maine lob­ster French toast is one of the most buzzed-about dishes. 1015 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-737-7700; kin­shipdc.com


If there’s one con­stant to the ever-chang­ing neigh­bor­hood of Dupont Cir­cle, it’s this Amer­i­can Mediter­ranean res­tau­rant run by chef and owner Johnny Mo­nis. You’ll quickly lose count of the dishes that come out of the kitchen as part of the tast­ing menu ($150 per per­son), which cul­mi­nates with a fam­ily-style goat feast. 1509 17th St. NW, 202-3329200; komirestau­rant.com


The Hay-Adams ho­tel of­fers re­fined con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can fare at its fine-din­ing res­tau­rant, with cock­tails at its bar, Off the Record. 800 16th St. NW, 202-638-6600; hayadams.com


Here you’ll find a lit­tle bit of France tucked into a cor­ner café along DC’s bustling 14th Street cor­ri­dor. “Le Dip,” as it’s lov­ingly called, fea­tures deca­dent French clas­sics, one of the city’s best brunches, and an im­pres­sive menu of fruits de mer—not to men­tion a din­ing room chock-full of Wash­ing­ton no­ta­bles. 1601 14th St. NW, 202-3323333; lediplo­mat­edc.com


Maketto may just be the coolest hang­out in Wash­ing­ton, DC. In fact, don’t come here when you’re in a hurry, be­cause the res­tau­rant will cause you to linger. There’s Vig­i­lante Cof­fee up­stairs, and the bar is a see-and-be-seen spot. But the real magic is out back, be­yond the court­yard, where chefs Erik BrunerYang and James Wozniuk cook Tai­wanese- and Cam­bo­dian-style. Just be sure you or­der the Tai­wanese fried chicken. It’s al­ready a dish with a cult fol­low­ing. 1351 H St. NE, 202-8389972; maketto1351.com


You’ll find Bel­gian- and French-in­spired din­ing at its very finest at this West End res­tau­rant helmed by award-win­ning chef and restau­ra­teur Robert Wied­maier. For more than 16 years, District gour­mands have noshed on fa­vorites like the boudin blanc, ac­com­pa­nied by ex­pertly cu­rated wine and Bel­gian beer lists (the dou­ble blonde ale Anti­goon is brewed ex­clu­sively for Mar­cel’s). 2401 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202-296-1166; marcelsdc.com


This Miche­lin-starred fa­vorite from James Beard Foun­da­tion Ris­ing Star nom­i­nee Nick Ste­fanelli of­fers the Bal­ti­more na­tive’s modern take on clas­sic Ital­ian fare, with well-crafted prix-fixe and tast­ing menus. The set­ting com­bines the in­dus­trial look of nearby Union Mar­ket and the feel of the Ital­ian coun­try­side. 1340 Fourth St. NE, 202-608-1330; masseria-dc.com


Lo­cated down­stairs from Kinship, Métier is the re­al­iza­tion of chef Eric Ziebold’s culi­nary am­bi­tions: It pairs a lux­u­ri­ous tast­ing menu with ex­traor­di­nary ser­vice for what he calls “a mag­i­cal, once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence.” Yes, there is a dress code, but it’s doable (jack­ets for the guys). 1015 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-737-7500; metierdc.com


This in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned din­ing con­cept by José An­drés is among the most cov­eted reser­va­tions in Wash­ing­ton: It ac­com­mo­dates just six—yes, six—pa­trons per seat­ing (and there are only two per night!) at the res­tau­rant’s lone com­mu­nal ta­ble. The meal takes the form of 25 to 30 mini cour­ses. IN­SIDER TIP: Par­ties of six can also re­serve the ad­ja­cent pri­vate din­ing room, which pro­vides an even more in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence.

855 E St. NW, 202-393-0812; mini­bar­byjose­an­dres.com


Fresh pasta is one of the main draws of this Ital­ian eatery from chef Michael White, but pas­try chef Alex Levin, who spe­cial­izes in the cui­sine of the Emilia-Ro­magna re­gion, is no slouch: Each dessert is packed with in­ge­nu­ity, tex­ture, and fla­vor, in­clud­ing his peanut-but­ter-and-choco­late budino. 301 Wa­ter St. SE #109, 202484-0660; os­te­ri­amor­ini.com/ wash­ing­ton-dc


“Lav­ish” is the only word to de­scribe the 13-course tast­ing menu at Pineap­ple and Pearls. Chef Aaron Sil­ver­man strives to pam­per din­ers with dishes like white as­para­gus okonomiyaki and blue-rib­bon bone mar­row. The res­tau­rant has three on­line-tick­eted ex­pe­ri­ences: din­ing room, chef’s counter, and bar ser­vice. The first two are priced at $250 per per­son and in­clude bev­er­ages; the third is $150 per per­son and does not. 715 Eighth St. SE, 202-595-7375; pineap­ple­and­pearls.com


DC’s only Forbes five-star res­tau­rant, Plume is in­spired by Thomas Jef­fer­son’s kitchen gar­dens at Mon­ti­cello. Tucked in­side the Jef­fer­son Ho­tel, this resto of­fers din­ers a choice of sea­sonal prix­fixe or tast­ing menus. 1200 16th St. NW, 202-448-2300; plumedc.com


Iconic restau­ra­teur Ashok Ba­jaj has been a part of the DC res­tau­rant scene for more than two decades, and his beloved Rasika is a shin­ing star among the city’s In­dian of­fer­ings. Helmed by James Beard Award nom­i­nee Vikram Sun­deram, the res­tau­rant fea­tures an ever-evolv­ing and in­ven­tive menu in an el­e­gant fine-din­ing at­mos­phere. IN­SIDER

TIP: Don’t leave with­out order­ing the palak chaat! 633 D St. NW, 202-6371222; rasikarestau­rant.com


Cathal Arm­strong is the owner and chef of this warm and in­ti­mate res­tau­rant right out­side DC in Old Town Alexan­dria. It is a foodie’s de­light: Both the tast­ing menu and the un­ex­pected Asian tast­ing menu are full of clas­sic yet modern dishes de­signed to sur­prise. 110 S. Pitt St., Alexan­dria, 703-706-0450; restau­ran­teve.com


A stan­dard-bearer for ser­vice, food, and ex­pe­ri­ence, Rose’s Lux­ury con­tin­ues to wow us even af­ter two years of rave re­views. Judg­ing by the 5 PM line down the block, din­ers re­visit Rose’s for dishes such as the pork ly­chee salad, potato bread, and ca­cio e pepe. But there are new dishes, too: Chef B.J. Lieber­man has in­tro­duced sta­ples like fried Brus­sels sprouts with benne tahini, eel sauce, and bonito. 717 Eighth St. SE, 202-580-8889; ros­es­lux­ury.com


Both the dé­cor and the menu re­cently un­der­went a bit of a face-lift. There’s a new brunch menu, a hot-pot ta­ble for four, and a chef’s tast­ing menu counter for two. One thing re­mains the same: Chef Scott Drewno con­tin­ues to serve ex­quis­ite and au­then­tic Chi­nese cook­ing. 575 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202-637-6100; wolf­gang puck.com/restau­rants


Broth­ers and ex­ec­u­tive chefs Piter and Handry Tjan lead this DC sushi pow­er­house, where they aim to honor and en­hance the tra­di­tional way of mak­ing and serv­ing sushi. IN­SIDER TIP: The team’s new $40 Ja­panese whiskey flights fea­ture three one-ounce pours of pre­mium Ja­panese whiskeys. 5455 Wis­con­sin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-9611644; sushiko­restau­rants.com


This isn’t your av­er­age sushi spot. Nobu Ya­mazaki is on a mis­sion to re­de­fine Ja­panese cook­ing in DC, and there is no bet­ter place to ex­pe­ri­ence that than at Sushi Taro’s Omakase Counter. The reser­va­tion-only counter takes you through a fun, in­ter­ac­tive tast­ing course. 1503 17th St. NW, 202462-8999; sushi­taro.com


Own­ers Jon Sy­bert, Jill Tyler, and Bill Jensen—veter­ans of Komi and Lit­tle Serow—pull out all the stops. In their first year of op­er­a­tion, they’ve earned cus­tomer loy­alty with de­tailed ser­vice and dishes like the lamb ribs served with root veg­eta­bles, pick­led mus­tard seeds, and salsa verde. 1827 Adams Mill Road NW, 202-9869600; tailup­goat.com


Chef Seng Luan­grath treats her din­ers like fam­ily, serv­ing up Lao­tian fa­vorites like Lao curry puff (a cur­ried potato dish served with sweet-and-sour sauce) and naem khao (a crispy co­conut rice with lime, scal­lions, sour pork, peanuts, and cilantro, wrapped in let­tuce). 3462 14th St. NW, 202-3875426; thip­khao.com


Sit­u­ated within the newly ren­o­vated St. Gre­gory Ho­tel, this res­tau­rant has as­sem­bled a menu that pulls from var­i­ous re­gions of the Mediter­ranean, in­clud­ing Italy, Greece, and the Mid­dle East. IN­SIDER TIP: A Cru­vinet tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled wine-keeper sys­tem stores six pre­mi­ums wines that guests can en­joy by the glass or even half glass. 2033 M St. NW, 202-888-2899; tredi­cidc.com


Iqbal Khan re­turns to the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany to di­rect this clas­sic tale of pas­sion and tragedy. The play picks up where the story of Julius Cae­sar ends and fol­lows Mark Antony’s twisted quest for power, which is com­pli­cated by the se­duc­tive queen of Egypt. July 17, Fol­ger Theatre, 201 East Capi­tol St. SE, 202-5444600; fol­ger.edu


Six-time Grammy win­ner BeBe Winans wrote the book and songs for this orig­i­nal mu­si­cal about his and his sis­ter CeCe’s quest to be­come more than just tele­vi­sion celebri­ties. Directed by vet­eran Arena Stage play­wright Charles Ran­dolph-Wright, the show fol­lows the early days of the Detroit na­tives and heirs of the gospel fam­ily dy­nasty. July 10 to Au­gust 28, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW, 202-554-9066; are­nastage.org


As part of its 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, New York’s Round­about Theatre Com­pany is tak­ing its award-win­ning re­vival of Kan­der and Ebb’s mu­si­cal on the road, with its fab­u­lously sleazy re-cre­ation of the show’s Kit Kat Klub. July 11 to Au­gust 6, The John F. Kennedy Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600; kennedy-cen­ter.org


French author Flo­rian Zeller’s award-win­ning play is about an 80-year-old man strug­gling with the new life Alzheimer’s has cre­ated for him. The work cen­ters on his re­la­tion­ship with his daugh­ter and the un­cer­tainty that suddenly sur­rounds him. Through June 18, Stu­dio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, 202-332-3300; stu­dio­the­atre.org


In 1860s Bangkok, a Bri­tish school­teacher and the king of Siam en­gage in an un­con­ven­tional re­la­tion­ship in Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s 1951 clas­sic. Directed by Bartlett Sher, this it­er­a­tion won four 2015 Tony Awards, in­clud­ing Best Re­vival of a Mu­si­cal. July 18 to Au­gust 20, The John F. Kennedy Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600; kennedy-cen­ter.org


In honor of its 20th an­niver­sary, the rock mu­si­cal that shook up Amer­i­can

the­ater is creep­ing its way back into our hearts with a grand tour­ing pro­duc­tion. The Pulitzer- and Tony­win­ning mas­ter­piece will re­turn to the stage to cel­e­brate its in­spi­ra­tional themes of hope, friend­ship, and cre­ativ­ity in the face of fear. June 20–25, Na­tional Theatre, 1321 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202-6286161; then­ation­aldc.org


David Ives’s Venus in Fur took the New York the­ater scene by storm in 2010, but his highly orig­i­nal, of­ten bawdy verse trans­la­tions of 17th-cen­tury French plays have also de­lighted au­di­ences. This ver­sion of Moliere’s The Misan­thrope— yes, in iambic pen­tame­ter—is directed by fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor Michael Kahn. Through July 2, Lans­burgh Theatre, 450 Sev­enth St. NW, 202-547-1122; shake­spearethe­atre.org


The most suc­cess­ful mu­si­cal in his­tory will be grac­ing the Kennedy Cen­ter stage this sum­mer. Three-time Tony Award win­ner Jack O’Brien di­rects a new take on Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein’s old fa­vorite, which first bowed on Broad­way in 1959 and even­tu­ally won five Tonys. Through July 16, The John F. Kennedy Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600; kennedy-cen­ter.org

With its award­win­ning res­tau­rant, the Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton is the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for a sum­mer jaunt.

The Elysian Fields Spritz, a Cham­pagne cock­tail at Co­lum­bia Room.

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